Holyhead Mountain is beautifully situated on the extreme west of Anglesey. A walk to its summit and a return along the craggy coastline makes for a very enjoyable few hours. The views towards Snowdonia across the length of Anglesey worthwhile on their own.
Any walk which combines mountain with coast is enjoyable. A walk up Holyhead Mountain is no exception. The mountain is not high (220m), really just a hill, but it has some rough slopes and makes for an excellent viewing point. The coastline of Anglesey circles the mountain, the shoreline a jagged contrast of deep blue sea and green countryside. I particularly enjoyed the views further afield, the Carneddau well laid out in the distance.
The walk is much improved if you continue over Holyhead Mountain towards the lighthouse on the South Stack of Holyhead. It is usually possible to visit the lighthouse down some steep steps but I just enjoyed the views from above. However a walk alongside the coastline took me to the North Stack which I did explore. A deep cave filled with seals was the highlight but the old keeper’s house and cliffs added to a spectacular situation.
For those catching the ferry to Ireland I would strongly suggest arriving a few hours early and enjoying this walk. Holyhead Mountain may involve a bit of a trek for many but if you are already enroute to the ferry port the start is only 5 minutes away. Why not?
It is also possible to start the walk at the parking near the South Stack but I prefer the start near the ferry port.
When a Right of Way (shown by green dashes on the O/S 1.25,000 maps) also includes diamonds on the dashes it means an official Long Distance Footpath. In this case it is the Wales Coastal Path, which links with the English Coastal Path. It des not mean there is any difference to the path itself. However it may be better signposted and more walked but there are no guarantees.
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